November 14th, 2016 PASADENA, CA – Sunday marked the last day of Pacific Media Expo, where the 12 year expo hosted this year’s event at the Pasadena Convention Center for a second time in a row.

The Dokipress team covered several events including @homecafe’s Hitomi and Stephanie Yanez‘s concert performance, and also got some insight on the status of the convention from a few industry guests. Pacific Media Expo had a wide variety of stage entertainment, exhibitors, artists- especially their hit fashion show on Sunday featuring designs from Juliette et Justine, Baby the Stars Shine Bright, Alice and the Pirates, Fickle Wish, Haenuli, Lief, Mossbadger, Belladonna, Mulberry Chronicles, Rosenmarchen, and Swan Heart.

Musical guest of honor Hitomi from @homecafe started Friday off with an exciting concert full of dancing, singing, and stage giveaways.

This event marked the first time Hitomi performs in the United States. Hitomi is the head maid and President of @homecafe, one of Japan’s largest maid cafes and a well known figure in the J-idol world.

Hitomi performs a musical performance on-stage at Pacific Media Expo 2016.

Hitomi performs a musical performance on-stage at Pacific Media Expo 2016.

M3 Productions closing Friday and Saturday Night

Ending Friday night at 10:00 PM was DJ Tw33k from M3 Productions, also featuring Matt, Scott, and Xonik Beat who performed in tandem and on-stage until 1:00 AM in the Main Events Ballroom. Melodic trance, tech trance, and big room electronic dance music was the choice in music for the floor.

Was Friday a little slower than usual for PMX?

Despite less-than-anticipated crowds during Veterans Day, Marketing Director of Pacific Media Expo, Kris Zoleta told our correspondent that PMX has, A lot in store this year, and despite Friday being a slower day, Saturday would be [several] times larger.

It would be the case where Saturday was definitely more crowded than Friday, however we did notice that many key areas were vacant. It maybe possible that either a combination of Veterans day or the recent protests may have affected attendance numbers throughout the weekend.

Fashion Artist Alley at PMX 2016

The fashion artist alley was separate from the main exhibitors hall, and had a large showing of recognizable store brands such as Fickle Wish (check out our video coverage of their grand opening) and Omocat.

Local Idol singer Stephanie Yanez

Starting Saturday off was Stephanie Yanez with special performance of her newly released album in Japan featuring songs from Anime series such as Sailor Moon, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Naruto, Laputa, and more.

Check out the collaboration we did with Ms. Yanez for her upcoming album featuring Polo Yazaki from Eye Shine:

 

Stephanie Yanez’s concert featured great energy and six cover songs plus an original Miku Hatsune collaboration song that was performed for the first time. Also on-stage were performers Paprika Mari and Al Pimentel from Candy Bomber on the Saxophone.

Duralath and Cosfest Masquerade

Finishing up Saturday was the cosplay “Cosfest Masquerade” where an exciting array of costumes, skits, and special performances lead the way to the second PMX dance to follow the night.

Andrew Alandy AKA Duralath was the master of ceremonies for Pacific Media Expo 2016.

Andrew Alandy AKA Duralath handled the master of ceremonies for Pacific Media Expo 2016.

Sunday Fashion Show

Pacific Media Expo hosted the PMX Fashion Show featuring designs from Juliette et Justine, Baby the Stars Shine Bright, Alice and the Pirates, Fickle Wish, Omocat, Haenuli, Lief, Mossbadger, Belladonna, Mulberry Chronicles, Rosenmarchen, and Swan Heart. Our event photographer Marcus from Little Tokyo Fashion was able to capture the stage excitement as the packed ballroom cheered as the models walked down the runway.

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Zachary Keo

Zach Keo (The Chief) is a long time devotee to the J-idol scene and the operations coordinator for Dokipress. He is a well known figure in the J-idol community, a top contributor for Dokipress, and frequently travels to his second home in Japan.